The trio of Sri Lanka cricketers: Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella have landed in Sri Lanka and are quarantining in a hotel. They will be in isolation for 14 days after which they will face an enquiry by the Srilanka Cricket Board. These cricketers were caught flouting the Covid norms in England as they were seen roaming the streets of Durham. When this video came out fans and local media went berserk who were already pained by the results shown by the team.
“We will have an inquiry after they are out of their 14 day quarantine period,” SLC official said as quoted by The Wire.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Monday suspended three players, including batsman Kusal Mendis and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella, for breaching the bio-bubble during their ongoing tour of England and ordered their immediate return to the country. The two, along with opener Danushka Gunathilaka, were seen roaming the streets of Durham after the final T20 international on Sunday night, which Sri Lanka lost by a massive 89 runs.
All three players were a part of the playing XI in the game.
“Sri Lanka Cricket executive Committee has suspended Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka & Niroshan Dickwella for breaching the bio- bubble and they will be immediately recalled to Sri Lanka," SLC secretary Mohan De Silva said in a statement. Reacting to the video, which was posted by a Sri Lankan fan, SLC chief Shammi Silva said, “an investigation is underway as they have breached the (code of) conduct."
Sri Lanka went down 0-3 in the T20 series that ended on Sunday. This was the island nation’s fifth straight series loss in T20 internationals since October 2020. The defeat led to former greats such as Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Roshan Mahanama, Hashan Thilakaratne and Tillekaratne Dilshan expressing dismay at the poor performance. Sri Lanka will play the first of three ODIs with England tomorrow at Chester le Street.